Sponsored Charities

From 2016-2017, Bath Festival of Motoring is raising money for the following charities:

Freewheelers 

Freewheelers EVS LogoFreewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service is a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England.

Riding For Life: A registered charity (no. 1001067) founded in 1990, Freewheelers EVS has a coverage area that includes Somerset, Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire.

Freewheelers is one of a number of groups that cover different parts of the country.

Blood BikeOur lifesaving service to the NHS is provided free of charge and is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. We transport blood, pathology & microbiology specimens, patient notes, X-rays, breast milk, and other medical supplies. In 2012, we made 3,648 deliveries, riding more than 120,000 miles.

Freewheelers EVS operate a fleet of motorcycles each equipped with high-visibility markings, blue lights and sirens for emergency use. If our service did not exist hospitals would be forced to use taxis or commercial couriers.

Freewheelers EVS is run entirely by volunteers. All our riders hold an advanced motorcycling qualification, such as the advanced riding test by RoSPA, or IAM. We also have a team of fund raisers and telephone coordinators.

We are also founding members of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes which represents the existing blood bike charities at a national level and helps new groups to get established.

The existing NABB members reach more than 85% of the country’s population.

Will your next journey save a life? Ours could.

Time2Share Registered Charity No. 1068862

 

 

 

Who are we? Time2Share is a local charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. We were set up in 1972 by a group of medical students at Bristol University who noticed there was a lack of support for disabled children in the Bristol area. We now support families across Bristol, Bath and the North East Somerset region.

What do we do? Currently we run a volunteer befriending scheme and a range of group activities for disabled young people. Over half the young people we support are on the autistic spectrum. We provide opportunities for young people to establish an independent social life, build their own friendships and most importantly – have fun!

At the same time parents and carers also get some time out.

“When we met our first volunteer, the best time for her to visit was a Sunday afternoon, which just happened to coincide with the football on Sky Sports! The girls went swimming and I went to the pub to watch football with my mates. Result!”

None of this would be possible without the commitment of our volunteers who give their time and energy.